“In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Grecian Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them, and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.” Acts 6:1-4
In less than 24 hours I’ve heard the claim that Elders in the Church need more time to do elder stuff. In other words, elders need to be freed up by others picking up the slack so that they can spend more time “in prayer and in the word.”
Secondly, because these elders are spending more time in the word and prayer, they are further along, more sanctified, more mature, and “better” christians than non-elders. So, of course it’s rightful that they take authority over non-elders.
I’m not sure if you would agree with either of the above propositions, but I wanted to ask you a few questions:
1. Can we apply Acts 6:1-6 and the creation of deacons to justify our duty to find ways of freeing up the time for elders?
2. Can we equate the Apostles with New Testament Elders?
3. Are Elders supposed to be at a higher level, spiritually speaking, than the rest of the flock?